ETH News

08.05.2017 | News

Fabrication technology in the fourth dimension

Scientists use the term 4D printing to refer to the simple production of objects that can transform their shape at different times. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now taken this approach one major step further by developing a construction principle that can produce load-bearing and predictable structures. Read more 

26.04.2017 | News

The multitasker

Developing new things together and effecting change – that's what gets Moritz Mussgnug out of bed in the morning. The mechanical engineer manages to juggle his doctoral thesis with a startup and a project to optimise the production of walnut oil for people in Nepal. Read more 

14.03.2017 | News

Liquid fuel for future computers

In the future, a new type of tiny redox flow battery will supply tightly packed electronic components with energy, while also dissipating the heat they produce. Read more 

05.12.2016 | News

Flexibility increases water resistance

Butterfly wings are a prime example of how flexible and elastic materials can be extremely water-repellent. The relationship between elasticity and water resistance has now been described for the first time by researchers at ETH Zurich. The new finding could help to improve water-repellent textiles for use in tents or clothing. Read more 

16.11.2016 | Zukunftsblog

How hydropower can deal with sediments

Sediments get deposited in storage lakes and increase the erosion of hydraulic turbines. To keep hydropower plants operational for as long as possible, researchers are developing new methods of monitoring sediments in real time. Read more 

06.11.2016 | News

A pioneer in advanced engine research

Rolf Reitz is a pioneer when it comes to internal combustion engines. The foundations he has laid have led to cleaner, more efficient engines. The Professor Emeritus from the University of Wisconsin will be giving this year's Aurel Stodola lecture. Read more 

18.10.2016 | News

Polybahn-Pitch with Volkmar Falk

Riding the Polybahn from Central up to ETH Zurich with Professor Volkmar Falk, head of the project Zurich Heart: he tells us in a new Polybahn Pitch why Zurich offers an unique opportunity to build the artificial heart of the future. Read more 

15.10.2016 | News

From weighty silence to clamorous applause

The first ever Cybathlon took place a week ago in the sold-out Swiss Arena in Kloten. Founder Robert Riener takes stock. Read more 

08.10.2016 | Press release

A unique competition takes off

The very first Cybathlon in the world took place today. The event was completely sold out: some 4,600 visitors packed into the SWISS Arena Kloten to support the 66 teams from various countries. The pilots pitted their skills in six disciplines and demonstrated most impressively how novel technologies can assist people with disabilities in their daily life. Read more 

07.10.2016 | News | 2 Comments

Zurich aims to extend high profile research on skin

A new interdisciplinary, large-scale project from the "Hochschulmedizin Zürich" network focuses on skin research in Zurich. This will help the city to become a world-leading centre of research in this field. Read more 

07.10.2016 | News | 1 Comment

All systems go for the Cybathlon

More than 70 teams from 25 countries will compete in the Cybathlon tomorrow, Saturday 8 October. The competitors are gradually arriving in Zurich, armed with high-tech gadgets and full of energy and excitement. In addition to victory at the Cybathlon, all are hoping that the assistive technology will soon be further improved. Read more 

03.10.2016 | News

Measuring forces with oscillations

Researchers at ETH Zurich have discovered a peculiar feature in oscillations similar to that of a child‘s swing. As a result, they have succeeded in outlining a novel principle for small, high-resolution sensors, and have submitted a patent application for it. Read more 

29.09.2016 | News

Cellular test of strength

Biological cells can expand, contract and interact with neighbouring cells. With an advancement in a microscopy technique, ETH Zurich researchers can now readily, directly, and accurately determine which forces are at work during cell motion and where. The technique is used in areas such as cancer research. Read more 

25.09.2016 | News

Learn how to walk

At first glance, exoskeletons conjure up images of futuristic robots from science fiction films. But the exoskeleton from the ETH team VariLeg is a real-life aid that could allow people with paraplegia to walk again. Read more 

02.08.2016 | News

Opposing mountain ranges

In the future, people in the Himalayas will have to contend with flooding, while those in the Andes will have longer dry spells and less water. These are the conclusions drawn by ETH researchers, who have used measurement data and climate models to closely examine water balance in both of these mountain ranges. Read more 

29.07.2016 | News

Lattice structure absorbs vibrations

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a lattice structure capable of absorbing a wide range of vibrations while also being useful as a load-bearing component – for example, in propellers, rotors and rockets. It can absorb vibrations in the audible range, which are the most undesirable in engineering applications. Read more 

22.06.2016 | Press release | 2 Comments

From 0 to 100 in 1.513 seconds

The grimsel electric racing car broke the world record for acceleration by an electric car today. The vehicle accelerated from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.513 seconds over a distance of less than 30 m. The record-breaking car was developed by students at ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Read more 

01.06.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Den Umgang mit Wasser neu gestalten

Um Siedlungswasser zu bewirtschaften, leisten sich Industrieländer wie die Schweiz eine komplexe Infrastruktur aus Trinkwasserleitungen, Kanalisation und zentralen Kläranlagen. Doch dieser konventionelle Ansatz ist weder zukunftsfähig noch geeignet für weniger entwickelte Regionen der Welt. Read more 

12.05.2016 | News | 1 Comment

The man who builds robotic animals

He develops walking robots that move like living creatures: Marco Hutter is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems and a fellow of the Society in Science. One day his machines might be able to carry out the menial and dangerous work human beings would rather avoid. Read more 

28.04.2016 | News

"Investing to streamline construction processes"

Swiss construction group Implenia will be involved in establishing a new assistant professorship for innovative and industrial construction at ETH Zurich. In an interview with ETH News, Implenia CEO Anton Affentranger explains why his company is offering its financial backing and highlights why clear rules and transparency are so important when it comes to research funding. Read more 

22.03.2016 | News

Support for diagnostics researcher

Proteins are important indicators in diagnosing diseases. A young ETH researcher has developed a method by which it is possible to test minute amounts of blood for different proteins in parallel. He has received an ETH Zurich Pioneer Fellowship for his work. Together with a fellow student, he wants to turn his test into a marketable product. Read more 

21.03.2016 | News

Microagents with revolutionary potential

Micro and nanorobots that attack tumours with maximum precision using drugs: this is what the fight against cancer may look like in the future. A group of ETH researchers led by Salvador Pané are laying the foundations with magnetoelectric-controlled Janus machines. Read more 

18.03.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Brain to foot: come in, foot!

Injuries to the spinal cord partially or completely disrupt the neural pathways between the brain and the limbs. The consequences for the representation of the affected limbs in the brain can be drastic. ETH researchers have now measured how severely this representation is affected. Read more 

01.03.2016 | News

Book your Cybathlon tickets now

Tickets for the Cybathlon are on sale now. Be there on 8 October when the teams with the most ingenious technology and the most skilful test pilots will emerge victorious. Read more 

20.02.2016 | News

Protective covers for implants

ETH scientists have developed a membrane that protects medical implants from unwanted encapsulation by connective tissue. The researchers founded a spin-off company just over a year ago and have now been awarded funding by the start-up competition Venture Kick. Read more 

06.01.2016 | News | 2 Comments

Nanowalls for smartphones

Researchers at ETH Zurich have manufactured transparent electrodes for use in touchscreens using a novel nanoprinting process. The new electrodes are some of the most transparent and conductive that have ever been developed. Read more 

17.11.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Freier Lauf für Fliessgewässer

Die Sedimente, die Bäche und Flüsse transportieren, spielen eine wichtige Rolle für die Lebensräume von Flusslandschaften. Doch Verbauungen und Regulation stören den Geschiebehaushalt unserer Fliessgewässer stark – die Lebensvielfalt leidet. Heute versucht man, dem Geschiebe wieder mehr freien Lauf zu lassen, um die Flusslandschaften zu revitalisieren. Read more 

12.11.2015 | News

Identifying the risk of premature birth

ETH biomechanic Sabrina Badir impressed the jury at the international ideas competition Falling Walls Lab. She developed a device that can determine the risk of a premature birth. Read more 

04.11.2015 | Press release | 1 Comment

Trampolining water droplets

Materials that actively repel water and ice very strongly are sought after by the aviation industry and for many other technical applications. ETH researchers have now found out how to specifically design the rigid surfaces of such materials: by teaching water droplets how to trampoline. Read more 

23.09.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Can technology fix climate change?

In order to stop climate change, humanity needs to eliminate the emission of greenhouse gases. To do so, while maintaining acceptable living standards, will require new technologies for energy and industry. But how can we make sure that new technologies replace the old, rather than simply supplement them? Policy makers need to pay attention to two factors. Read more 

21.09.2015 | News

Acoustic imaging with outline detection

Scientists at ETH Zurich have developed a new method to differentiate very weak and short sound waves from longer ones. When used in acoustic imaging, their technology makes it possible to detect only the outline of objects. Read more 

03.07.2015 | News

Soundproofing with quantum physics

Sebastian Huber and his colleagues show that the road from abstract theory to practical applications needn’t always be very long. Their mechanical implementation of a quantum mechanical phenomenon could soon be used for soundproofing purposes. Read more 

20.06.2015 | Globe magazine

Measuring forests with radar

To find out more about the Earth’s biomass, Irena Hajnsek is collecting data from the air. Read more 

16.06.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Wie wirkt sich die Energiewende auf unser Stromnetz aus?

Die nachhaltige Energieversorgung mittels erneuerbaren Energien und der europaweite Stromhandel stellen unser Stromnetz vor vielseitige Herausforderungen – sowohl im Netzbetrieb als auch bei der Planung. Demgegenüber stehen viele Lösungsansätze und Betriebskonzepte für das Stromnetz von morgen. Eine Auslegeordnung aus technischer Sicht. Read more 

11.06.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Wie planen wir das Stromnetz der Zukunft?

Atomausstieg, massiver Zubau erneuerbarer Energien sowie ändernde wirtschaftliche und politische Rahmenbedingungen: der Wandel in der Stromwirtschaft ist in vollem Gang. Um ihn zu meistern, müssen wir nicht zuletzt unsere Übertragungsnetze anpassen. Denn nur mit einem stabilen Stromnetz können wir die Versorgungssicherheit auf dem heutigen hohen Niveau halten. Read more 

16.02.2015 | News

Knowing how to exchange knowledge across disciplinary borders

Vartan Kurtcuoglu crosses the border between medicine and mechanical engineering: at the University of Zurich, the ETH Zurich graduate develops medical computer models for the heart and kidneys. Anyone who studies under him soon learns what to be aware of in interdisciplinary projects. Read more 

22.01.2015 | Zukunftsblog | 5 Comments

Is geoengineering research going outdoors?

Geoengineering research has so far been confined to modelling and laboratory studies. Serious research outside of these limits has been a taboo because of the serious risks this may pose for ecosystems and society. However, two recent publications are breaking the ice and bringing the discussion of field experiments into the limelight of the scientific community. Read more 

19.01.2015 | News

Cellulose with Braille for cells

Artificial implants such as pacemakers often cause complications because the body identifies them as foreign objects. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now demonstrated a simple method to fabricate cellulose-sheaths for implants, whose micro-structured surface makes them especially biocompatible. Read more 

13.01.2015 | News

Hans-Eggenberger-Prize 2014 for innovative solar technology

The mechanical engineer Thomas Cooper developed for his PhD thesis a solar power system of cost-effective parabolic trough concentrators coupled to high-efficiency photovoltaic cells. He was awarded the Hans-Eggenberger-Preis 2014. Read more 

08.01.2015 | News

ETH team awarded prize for energy management system

Today, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) is presenting the Watt d’Or energy prize in the Energy-efficient mobility category to the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control. This award is in recognition of the technology the institute has developed in collaboration with Carrosserie Hess AG. Read more 

16.12.2014 | News | 1 Comment

A festive robodance

An ASL production: in honour of Christmas, the lab's robots will do a choreographed dance that has taken a long time to rehearse – sorry – program. Read more 

05.12.2014 | Globe magazine

A heart made in Zurich

A heart transplant is the only treatment for end-stage heart failure, but donor hearts are in short supply. Artificial hearts suitable for long-term use could present an alternative – and this is precisely what heart specialist Volkmar Falk is working on in the Zurich Heart project, together with Edoardo Mazza and Dimos Poulikakos from ETH Zurich. Read more 

04.12.2014 | News

The man who never cracked – Jack Heuer visits ETH Zurich

ETH alumnus Jack Heuer is one of the greats in the history of the Swiss watch industry. On Tuesday he visited ETH Zurich and shared his experience with ETH students. Read more 

20.10.2014 | News

High Performance Treffpunkt

The popular Treffpunkt Science City is ushering in the new season. From 26 October to 30 November 2014, various events will be held which focus on the theme of ‘high performance’. This is the first summit series under the directorship of Inge Keller-Hoehl, who has taken over from Mercedes Leupp and Rolf Probala. Read more 

31.07.2014 | News

Two ETH researchers are new Branco Weiss fellows

The jury for the Society in Science funding programme, which was launched by the late entrepreneur and ETH alumnus Branco Weiss, has announced this year's winners, two of whom are from ETH Zurich. Read more 

19.05.2014 | News

Robotic squid and honeycomb turbines

Undergraduate students from the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering (D-MAVT) have once again given their all and in late May will be presenting 11 new projects developed over the past year. ETH News takes a closer look at two of them. Read more 

14.02.2014 | News

Citius bob on the starting block at Sochi

The Citius bob was co-developed between 2007 and 2012 at ETH Zurich, now it is starting again at the Olympics on Sunday. The bob experts at ETH think with significantly better odds than in Vancouver.   Read more 

 
 
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